Montana politics must be weird.

Way back when I was trying to decide where I wanted to live out the rest of my days, the state of Montana was on the short list. It didn’t make the cut because I didn’t actually know anyone there and it was rather too close to Canada for my taste. I have nothing whatever against Canada as such, but have already enjoyed as much of its weather as I care to.

Looking back, I see that as usual I had performed no due diligence at all. I made assumptions about Montana’s political climate based entirely on cherry-picked anecdotes, exactly the way I used to seek employment – with monotonously disastrous results.

Point is, I think of Montana as this bastion of freedomista, laissez-faire thinking when in fact things like this seem to happen pretty regularly up there.

Montana Democrats had a quick meeting to replace John Walsh as their Senate candidate after revelations that he had plagiarized his master’s degree work. They selected Amanda Curtis, a Montana state representative.

Rep. Curtis was nominated for the United Stated Senate by the Montana Democratic Party on August 16, 2014. Less than two weeks earlier, on August 4, she tagged herself in this photograph featuring IWW [International Workers of the World] banners and identifying Curtis as an FW, or “Fellow Worker,” the term used in IWW for group members.

AmandaCurtis2Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

My older brother once posited that intelligent life can’t exist at temperatures below the freezing point of water. I’m looking at some fairly compelling evidence that he might have been correct. And in any case it’s safest to assume that a place where that lady could be nominated as a senate candidate wouldn’t welcome the likes of me.

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11 Responses to Montana politics must be weird.

  1. MamaLiberty says:

    As with so many other states, the major population centers drive the politics. Most of the major population centers are full of statists who want to live off other people, and so much of the “government” tends that way too, since the majority rule the vote.

    But, out here in flyover country, far from the state capital, we mostly ignore them all. 🙂

  2. GoneWithTheWind says:

    I am quite happy with Democrats exposing themselves as Marxists and communists. But Sometimes I miss those times in my youth when politicians were either a lot smarter or at the very least understood that self identification with these groups could come back to haunt them. Back then they were smarter and more devious little anti-American bastards. What has changed that they no longer fear association with communist groups? Should we be worried? Is the revolution so far along that being labeled a communist is now a good thing?

  3. Bear says:

    To be fair to some of the younger set, a lot of people I’ve spoken to think the IWW was just another union movement during a period when some unions could serve a decent purpose. They weren’t taught the whole story about the Wobblies.

    Curtis, though, shouldn’t have that excuse. She’s old enough to know better. And the way she embraces the usual collection of modern socialist control crap suggests she knows exactly what she’s doing. Plus…

    Well, this line from her Wikipedia entry says it all: “Curtis is currently working toward a Master of Education in educational leadership at the University of Montana, Missoula.”

  4. John says:

    This IWW is not the Wobblies. The wobblies, according to Wikipedia, are a different IWW,

    The “Industrial Workers of the World”, the wobblies, are a completely different group that the “International Workers of the World”.

    Here is the website for the “International” group:

    So, the question really is, which “IWW” does this candidate belong to after all?

  5. Claire says:

    Oh, Joel. You don’t know the half. Check out Amanda Curtis’ video:

    We’re dealing not just with self-proclaimed superleftie, but … well, just check her out. A teenager with a cellphone would generally show more sense than this babe.

  6. grendel says:

    Montana is up to its arse in Californians, is what’s wrong.

  7. Bear says:

    (Had some trouble with an earlier comment. I think I had deformed HTML tags.)

    John, yes they are the Industrial Workers of the World. They are Wobblies. See my link for the details. Or check your own references.

  8. Joel says:

    Actually if you click on the photo you’ll see it says “The Wobblies” right on their banner. So they seem to think they’re the Wobblies.

  9. John says:


    Thanks for very politely straightening me out.

    I’ll go hide in the nearest corn field and lurk some more.

  10. PJ says:

    “Montana is up to its arse in Californians, is what’s wrong.”

    They well may be, but if Wyoming is any guide, the bulk of the jerks in the legislature are home grown, and they are as fascist as the Californians.

    I wouldn’t judge Montanans by what goes on in the world of politics. As Mencken put it, “People do not expect to find chastity in a whorehouse. Why, then, do they expect to find honesty and humanity in government, a congeries of institutions whose modus operandi consists of lying, cheating, stealing, and if need be, murdering those who resist?”

  11. RanDomino says:

    Hey, just to let you folks know, the IWW is not a Marxist organization- there was an early split in which the Marxist faction (lead by Daniel De Leon) was thrown out. Since then it’s been a Syndicalist or Anarcho-Syndicalist organization (nobody’s really sure which and they don’t give a damn).

To the stake with the heretic!